15-11-11

Marianne Moore, Antoni Słonimski, Elizabeth Arthur, Carlo Emilio Gadda, Janus Secundus, Richmal Crompton, Emmy von Rhoden, Madeleine de Scudéry, José de Lizardi

 

De Amerikaanse dichteres Marianne Moore werd geboren op 15 november 1887 in Kirkwood, Missouri. Zie ook mijn blog van 15 november 2008 en ook mijn blog van 15 november 2009 en ook mijn blog van 15 november 2010.

 

 

Roses Only

 

You do not seem to realize that beauty is a liability rather

than

an asset - that in view of the fact that spirit creates form

we are justified in supposing

that you must have brains. For you, a symbol of the

unit, stiff and sharp,

conscious of surpassing by dint of native superiority and

liking for everything

self-dependent, anything an

 

ambitious civilization might produce: for you, unaided, to

attempt through sheer

reserve, to confuse presumptions resulting from

observation, is idle. You cannot make us

think you a delightful happen-so. But rose, if you are

brilliant, it

is not because your petals are the without-which-nothing

of pre-eminence. Would you not, minus

thorns, be a what-is-this, a mere

perculiarity? They are not proof against a worm, the

elements, or mildew;

but what about the predatory hand? What is brilliance

without co-ordination? Guarding the

infinitesimal pieces of your mind, compelling audience to

the remark that it is better to be forgotten than to be re-

membered too violently,

your thorns are the best part of you.

 

 

Marianne Moore (15 november 1887 – 5 februari 1972)

 

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15-11-10

Antoni Słonimski, Elizabeth Arthur, Carlo Emilio Gadda, Marianne Moore

 

De Poolse dichter en schrijver Antoni Słonimski werd geboren op 15 november 1895 in Warschau. Zie ook mijn blog van 15 november 2009.

 

 

Rebellion

 

Mein Herz zu rühren braucht es nur sehr wenig.

Mein Wort entlädt sich leicht wie ein Gewehr.

Im Königreich bin ich ein Revolutionär,

Und in der Republik lobpreise ich den König.

 

 

 

 

Elegy for the Little Jewish Towns

 

Gone now are, gone are in Poland the Jewish villages,
in Hrubieszow, Karczew, Brody, Falenica
you look in vain for candlelight in the windows
and listen for song from the wooden synagogue.

 

Disappeared are the last rests, the Jewish possessions,
the blood is covered over by sand, the traces removed,
and the walls whitewashed with lime,
as for a high holiday or after a contagious disease.

 

One moon shines here, cold, pale, alien,
already behind the town, on the road,
when night uncoils its light,
my Jewish relatives, boys with poetic feeling,

will no longer find Chagal’s two golden moons.

 

The moons now wander above another planet,
frightened away by grim silence, no trace of them.
Gone now are those little towns where the shoemaker was a poet,

The watchmaker a philosopher, the barber a troubadour.

 

Gone now are those little towns where the wind joined
Biblical songs with Polish tunes and Slavic rue,
Where old Jews in orchards in the shade of cherry trees
Lamented for the holy walls of Jerusalem.

 

Gone now are those little towns, though the poetic mists,
The moons, winds, ponds, and stars above them
Have recorded in the blood of centuries the tragic tales,
The histories of the two saddest nations on earth.

 

 

 

Vertaald door Howard Weiner 

 

 

 

 

Antoni Słonimski (15 november 1895 – 4 juli 1976)

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